[Spellyans] Pellwolok Gernewek
craig at agantavas.org
Wed Dec 3 11:56:37 GMT 2008
I've watched a couple of these ("pellwolok" really is an awful word -
why don't we do what other languages do, and replicate the
international word "televysyon"?). What is very noticeable is that a
fair few people are featured, who are promoted by some as "fluent
speakers" - except that their Cornish is hesitant and anything but
fluent. Quite an eye opener.
On 2 Kev 2008, at 12:49, nicholas williams wrote:
> A number of videos called Pellwolok Gernewek are available on
> YouTube and they are well worth watching.
> I think this is the latest one:
> The standard of spoken Cornish is very mixed and one hears some very
> mistaken forms.
> For example, in Cornish the word lies/lyes 'many' should always be
> followed by the singular: lies huny, lies gwas, lies profus, etc.
> but one hears lies with the plural from some speakers on Pellwolok
> Overall the UC users seem to me to pronounce Cornish much better
> than the KK users.
> This is because KK's use of <i>, <y> is confusing. One therefore hears
> KK speakers saying RAG AN KINZA PRIZZ for rag an kensa prës/prÿs
> and I'N BIZZ for i'n bës/bÿs [long].
> The 'phonemic' claims of KK are also belied by such forms as ETHTH
> [short] for êth,
> and KRESS for cres [long].
> For the most part, however, there is no real difference in dialect
> between UC speakers the others.
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